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Peter Samuel Holmes

Peter Samuel Holmes

also known as Pete Holmes

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Reason: Government Attorney

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Practice Areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
    28 years
  2. Chapter 11 Bankruptcy: 50%
    18 years

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Shelly Crocker

    Pete is a great lawyer. He is thorough and careful on every case, and always conscientious and strategic. He is passionate about getting a great result for his clients. He is always courteous and ethical. Pete's ability to analyze and prosecute cases is unparalleled. I am proud to recommend him.


    Shelly Crocker Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • John Robert Rizzardi

    I have known Peter for many years as a dedicated, tireless and astute litigator and strategist. His integrity is unquestionable and I can count on him if I need his ideas or input. He enjoys an excellant reputation in our community, as is demonstrated by his election as Seattle City Attorney. Voters have not been disappointed and I personally look forward to Pete's next re-election.


    John Rizzardi Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Seattle City Attorney

Seattle City Hall
600 Fourth Avenue, 4th Floor
Seattle, WA, 98124-4769

P.O. Box 94769
Seattle, WA, 98124-4769




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Golden DoorNorthwest Immigrant Rights Project2012
Ancil Payne Civic Leader of the YearWashington Cease Fire2012
AV PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell1998
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
City AttorneySeattle City Attorney's Office2009 - Present
Of CounselCrocker Kuno, PLLC2009 - 2009
ChairOffice of Professional Accountability Review Board2002 - 2008
PartnerMiller Nash LLP1992 - 2001
Association NamePosition NameDuration
New Approach WashingtonInitiative 502 Sponsor2011 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Reliance Ins. Co. v. U.S. Bank of Washington, N.A., 143 F.3d 502 (9th Cir. 1998), cert denied, __U.S.__ (1999)Successful appeal in favor of lender.
Bassett v. Am. Gen. Fin., Inc. (In re Bassett), 255 B.R. 747, 760 (B.A.P. 9th Cir.2000), reversed, 285 F3d 882 (9th Cir. 2001)Reversed by 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
Rifino v. United States, 245 F.3d 1083 (9th Cir. 2001)District Court decision overruling grant of student loan hardship discharge affirmed in pro bono appeal.
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Publication NameTitleDate
Crosscut.comFour Keys to Marijuana Reform2014
2012 Annual ReportSeattle City Attorney's Office2013
2011 Annual ReportSeattle City Attorney's Office2012
2010 Annual ReportSeattle City Attorney's Office2011
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard Kennedy School of GovernmentDriving Government PerformanceN/A2014
University of VirginiaLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
Yale UniversityAmerican StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1978
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
International Conference on the Legalization of CannabisCannabis Legalization2013
Annual International Drug Policy ReformDrug Policy Reform2013
Northwest NowMarijuana Reform2012
Drug Reform ConferenceMarijuana Reform2011
2011 Annual Conference, Coeur d'Alene IDMedical Cannabis Regulation2011